July 4, 2022

Manchin could delay spending bill until 2022

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin could delay President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion spending plan until 2022, according to a new report.

“Red-hot inflation data validates the instinct of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to punt President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda until next year — potentially killing a quick deal on the $1.75 trillion package, people familiar with the matter tell Axios,” Axios reported Wednesday.

Inflation is the top driver behind the issue, as Manchin tweeted this week.

“By all accounts, the threat posed by record inflation to the American people is not “transitory” and is instead getting worse. From the grocery store to the gas pump, Americans know the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day,” Maching said.

While the massive Build Back Better plan has also dropped to half of its original $3.5 trillion price due to lack of support from Manchin and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, the bill may still face enough delay to push it beyond the holidays and into January 2022 before it faces a vote.

The bill looks as if it will soon pass, but it may not be as soon as most Democrats want unless Manchin changes his mind before the holidays.

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